Turkish Airlines adds flight from Miami


Turkey's national flag carrier has scheduled additional flight from Miami to Istanbul for this Wednesday.

Turkish Airlines' press office said that an additional flight has been scheduled as a result of Hurricane Irma's passage.

"TK 6882 flight will take off at 3.30 a.m. local time [1030GMT]," the press office said Monday.

Irma, which decimated the Caribbean as a top-tier Category 5 hurricane before losing strength after repeated landfalls in the continental U.S., was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday.

Hurricane Irma has left around 13 million people in Florida without power and 180,000 without a home.

Irma left at least two dozen deaths before churning over Cuba and moving up to the continental U.S.

Ahead of its arrival, the hurricane triggered mass evacuations, with more than 6 million people in Florida and neighboring states asked to flee.

The damage from Irma is estimated around $100 billion or 0.5 of a percentage point of U.S. GDP of $19 trillion.

Irma is currently tied as the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane, according to the NHC. Only Hurricane Allen, in 1980, was stronger, with peak winds of about 190 mph (305 kilometers per hour).

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